Posted by Mike on November 24, 2006
Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who was poisoned earlier this month, passed away yesterday. As I posted a few days ago, the poisoning was suspicious from the beginning due to the fact that Litvinenko was an opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin who was investigating the suspicious murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskya, also a vocal opponent of President Putin.
The circumstances surrounding the deaths of Litvinenko and Politkovskya are too suspicious to ignore. Couple the circumstances of the deaths with Litvinenko’s deathbed statement, and one can expect heightened scrutiny and criticism of Putin in the near future. In his statement, Litvinenko warned Putin that the incident would haunt him for the rest of his life:
You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.
At this point there is no evidence of Kremlin involvement. However, it is now clear that Putin at the very least has some gung ho supporters. Let’s pray that any Putin opponents who come close to uncovering something about this murder will be surrounded by as many bodyguards as possible. And maybe video cameras as well.
Link via Drudge
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Posted by Sal on November 24, 2006
The Democrats are already overreaching. Pat Leahey announced plans to subpoena classified information in Judiciary committee investigations. For those who thought that the Democrats would be tough on the war on terror, think again. Everything that has protected us from another terrorist attack in the last five years is about to be undone by the Democrats.
A month ago, I was on a plane to Florida for a vacation with Mrs. Sal. On the plane, we happened to sit next to an agent of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration). He was a fascinating seat-mate, and the stories he told were riveting. At one point, he was talking about terrorism, as DEA agents and other federal agents are often tasked to assist at important events. His comment, while not revealing anything, basically said (paraphrased) that “It’s not an accident that we haven’t had a terrorist attack since 9/11” and “You would not believe the security measures in place in this country”. All that being anecdotal, his point is well taken. The American people have taken for granted that there hasn’t been another terrorist attack in five years. President Bush is derided by both the right and the left for many reasons, some valid. But one should not forget his record on preventing terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
The Democrats are about to tread in very dangerous water for us all. If they start forcing the release of classified documents, it will harm our efforts in fighting terrorism, and could lead to another attack. They would be wise to tread lightly.
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